Monday, November 3, 2008

12 week update

Just an update on what happened with me and the baby today. Well nothing happened to the baby apparently, just me:) I woke up this morning and had some spotting, something that you do not want to see when you are pregnant is that. Your mind can wander in so many different directions. I called my Dr. and spoke with a nurse, and they got me in right away, to see if they could detect the baby's heartbeat. Todd met me there and the nurse was SO wonderful. She got the heartbeat right away! Between the 160s-170s. It is very normal for a woman to spot during pregnancy, as long as it is not gushing red for an extended period of time, followed by severe cramping. 1 in 5 women spot during their pregnancy, this was something I was aware of, but when it happened to me, I just got frantic.
I immediately began to cry when she found the heartbeat, because we had not had our appointment to hear it yet, so it was a relief and such a joy that we were hearing our baby's heartbeat for the first time! Just not in the circumstances I would have imagined. Which, made me realize that I am not in control of this baby, God is. I can only do so much to make sure my body is healthy, the rest is up to the Big Guy. It was a very emotional day, with the lowest of lows followed by the highest of highs.


Principal Mr. Malone said...

A baby girl's heart rate is usually faster than a boy's, but only after the onset of labor. There's no difference between fetal heart rates for boys and girls, but the rate does vary with the age of the fetus. By approximately the fifth week of pregnancy, the fetal heart rate is near the mother's — around 80 to 85 BPM. It continues to accelerate until early in the ninth week, when it reaches 170 to 200 BPM and then decelerates to an average of 120 to 160 BPM by the middle of the pregnancy. Normal fetal heart rate during labor ranges from 120 to 160 BPM for boys and girls.

Tammy said...

That is so scary when that happens! I'm so glad that everything turned out well. So fun to hear the baby's heartbeat!